On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 7, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Just as oil and water will not mix and will remain separate. So it is with God’s love and hatred. If you want to be separated by God then hold on to your hatred.

For you cannot say you love God and then hate the person that caused you hurt, pain, grief and bitterness. For true children of God who have themselves experienced the mercy of God and His love; are themselves merciful and loving.

And so if you are still holding on to hatred or unforgiveness, bring it to Jesus. For He has come to liberate us from its sinful hold. He will open our blind eyes to see and experience His mercy and love.

Our faith in our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ is what keeps us steadfast in His love. And we remain forever children of God our Father. Amen

First reading
1 John 4:19-5:4

We are to love,
because God loved us first.

Anyone who says, ‘I love God’,
and hates his brother, is a liar, since a man who does not love the brother that he can see cannot love God, whom he has never seen.

So this is the commandment that he has given us, that anyone who loves God must also love his brother.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets.

We can be sure that we love God’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; this is what loving God is –

keeping his commandments;
and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world – our faith.

Gospel
Luke 4:14-22

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

  He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives
and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.

He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.’ And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips.

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